Following his breaktout 2017 season, the Cincinnati Reds added Jose Siri to the 40-man roster. It protected him from the Rule 5 draft, and it got him an invitation to Major League spring training in 2018. It wouldn’t be his first time in big league camp, but it would be as far as being there every day. Things, however, didn’t go as planned. In the first game of the spring, Siri entered as a defensive replacement. That same inning he would collide with the wall in center field and injure his thumb. The injury would cost him the next two months.

It took a little bit of time for Jose Siri to return, but once he did the Reds assigned him to Daytona. He played his first game of the year on May 10th. Things got out to a nice start for the center fielder. In the first four games of the year he hit .444 and slugged .778. Over the next week, though, things spiraled as he went 2-23 (.087). The then 22-year-old would rebound in the last week of the month, going 8-22 (.364). The ups-and-downs of that three week stretch culminated in a .286/.309/.413 line over 68 plate appearances with three walks and 16 strikeouts.

June didn’t get out to the same kind of start that May did. Over the first week, a stretch of eight games, Jose Siri hit .219 with just one walk. The second week wasn’t any better as he hit just .200 without a walk. The Florida State League All-Star break followed. On the 19th he returned to the field and went 2-4 with a double and a triple. That was his last game played for the Tortugas. The final nine days of the month were spent in Double-A Pensacola and it was mostly more of the same. He hit just .182 with three walks, but he struck out 17 times in 37 trips to the plate. He made his six hits count, though, as he doubled once and hit four home runs in that span. June was the worst month of the season for Siri, hitting just .213/.245/.416 with four walks and 33 strikeouts.

The first week of July followed along the similar line for Jose Siri. He hit just .217, but slugged .478 as he made the hits he did have count. The next week was similar, but without power as he hit .240 and had just one extra-base hit. He also struck out 10 times for the second straight week. The second half of July, though, was a very different story. Jose Siri really cut down on strikeouts, fanning just 15 times in 68 plate appearances. He also walked six times in that stretch. Those things allowed him to hit .300/.382/.683 in the final 15 games. Overall the month was the best he had during the year, hitting .269/.339/.556 with 10 walks and 35 strikeouts in 121 trips to the plate. He also added a season high seven steals during the month – pushing his total to 17 on the season.

In the first week of August, Jose Siri hit .217/.321/.478. He walked four times and added three extra-base hits for the Blue Wahoos. The next week was quite the slump for the 23-year-old Dominican Republic native. He hit just .059, going 1-17 with that hit being a triple. Things got better from there, but they weren’t great. In the final three weeks of the season, Siri hit .236/.286/.417. That stretch put his final 28 games with a line of .205/.280/.393 with 11 walks and 39 strikeouts in 125 plate appearances.

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Jose Siri Spray Chart

Jose Siri Scouting Report

Hitting | Jose Siri can and does use the entire field. And he can do so with authority. He’s got barrel awareness that sticks out. But, his pitch recognition skills don’t allow his above-average hit tool play up to that level.

Power | There’s above-average power in his bat. While the home run totals alone give him that above-average power, his speed allows his extra-base hit total play up some, too.

Speed | He’s a plus runner who can use it well on the bases and in the field.

Defense | He’s a plus defender in center field.

Arm | He’s got a slightly above-average arm.

When you look at the raw tools that Jose Siri brings to the table he may be unmatched in the entire organization. He’s a legitimate 5-tool player where all of his tools are above-average. But right now, they don’t all play up to that point. His pitch recognition has improved over the last few years, but it’s still a bit of a weakness in his game. That’s led to him struggling to hit for a solid average, and struggling to make contact in Double-A where he struck out 32.2% of the time he stepped to the plate this year.

The Reds probably promoted him too aggressively in 2018. While the Florida State League is a known pitchers league, Jose Siri wasn’t exactly thriving in his month-and-a-half with Daytona. He moved up, and did show some improvements. He showed far and away his best walk rate at any level he’s ever had. Siri also showed off his highest isolated power number (SLG-AVG) that he’s ever had. Both of those were good signs – particularly the walk rate, which has been a real problem for the outfielder in the past.

But he also showed a very high strikeout rate in Double-A, too. And it’s a rate that he will have to cut down on as he continues to develop. It appeared that there was a concerted effort to take pitches and work deeper into counts once he got to Double-A. That could, in part at least, explain both the higher walk and strikeout rates.

While there may feel like there’s some “boom-or-bust” with Jose Siri, that isn’t likely the case. With his speed, power, and defensive abilities, if he’s not able to make the adjustments enough to get on base frequently enough to start, he’s an ideal 4th outfielder. He can be a defensive back up, pinch runner, and pinch hitter with pop. The true bust potential is very low. If he’s able to improve to the point that he can get on base enough to start, you’re looking at a guy with All-Star potential who can excel in all facets of the game.

Longest Home Run of the Year

426 Feet on July 18th.

Interesting Stat on Jose Siri

Jose Siri hit .211/.244/.386 against pitchers younger than he was. He hit .252/.315/.477 against pitchers that were older than he was.

12 Responses

  1. AllTheHype

    Siri is like Yorman Rodriguez, cluttering up a spot in our top ten for a few years with his 5 tool potential, but not really perfecting a tool that can get him to MLB. Three years from now, it will be Siri who?

    • Michael Smith

      All Hype I am guessing you did not read the article that he is mlb ready as a center fielder defensively. That is miles ahead of Yorman.

      • AllTheHype

        And I hope you’re not thinking a defensive tool and no other outstanding tools will get him to MLB. Sorry, not.

  2. Wes

    India for Greinke and cash. Prob best offer Arizona will get for him. Gives reds an ace for next 3 seasons, trading from surplus, not offering another mid rotation guy a homer type contract, wisely using the 30 mil extra payroll and don’t have to go through the embarrassment of players using your offer to get other teams to pay more.

    Then sign 2 pitchers to compete w reds current crop to fill spots 2-5.

    • Billy

      How much are you asking Arizona to pay of that contract? If you’re giving up India, it better be a ton. Plus, if you don’t your 30 million is all going to Grienke (and you’d still have to free up more payroll somewhere else to cover the last 5 million). You wouldn’t have any money left to go get two more pitchers.

      I wouldn’t be against a deal like this, but it would have to include a lot of money coming back Cincinnati’s way. I doubt it would happen.

      • Colorado Red

        I would think you need at least 10 Mil per year.
        It would still take all your money.
        Grienke vs Homer is probably a 15 win swing.
        Still only gets us close to 500

  3. Cguy

    The “boom” side of Siri could accelerate the Reds return to being competitive in the 2nd half of 2019. On the other hand, we’ve already had a couple cfers (Hamilton, Stubbs) who couldn’t bunt & struck out too much. Take all the time needed to develop Siri into a complete player. Even if that’s a couple more years down the road.

  4. Michael Smith

    All Hype once again did you read the article??? Speed, power and defense are pretty much mlb ready.

    “While there may feel like there’s some “boom-or-bust” with Jose Siri, that isn’t likely the case. With his speed, power, and defensive abilities, if he’s not able to make the adjustments enough to get on base frequently enough to start, he’s an ideal 4th outfielder. He can be a defensive back up, pinch runner, and pinch hitter with pop. The true bust potential is very low”

  5. MK

    Jose is definitely an emotional player who needs to get in a positive zone and routine. I think it is he has struggled when he gets to a new team or surroundings. He had two years of slow starts in Dayton and followed that up with slow starts in Daytona and Pensacola. Once he settled in and got in a zone and was very good. His 2017 hitting streak was an example of him getting in a zone. He was compared above to Yorman Rodriguez. I have gotten to know both these guys well and they do have similar physical tools but that is where comparison ends. Yorman just did not possess the drive and work ethic than Jose does. If Yorman struck out he just walked to dugout and sat down. Jose on the other hand was visibly angry and if it was a called strike you could count on hearing the sounds of what sounded like someone breaking down the back wall of the dugout. Sometimes we forget how tough a transition AA can be. I think Yorman internalized the pressures of the game which worked against him and his performance, Jose on the other hand wore his emotions good or bad on his sleeve. Both were great kids when interacted with them.

  6. Redsvol

    I really think Jose just needs to be around major league players to understand how hard you have to work to be good – much less great. He reminds me of someone who has been the most talented player on every team he has played on – always just getting by on God-given talent and never realizing how much work it takes to become a good hitter. I hate that he got injured in spring training because he was doing well and could have been in line for time Gabby Guerrero got in September had he gotten a full year in double A.

    Based on what I’ve seen, he wouldn’t be much of a drop-off defensively from Hamilton now and might be a slight improvement offensively. The guy can flat-out fly and when he makes contact the ball goes a long way. Don’t sleep on Siri! I agree with MK – he is no Yorman. I just hope he can stay healthy so he gets his shot.

    • CP

      Siri strikes me as the type of guy that if he develops could be a franchise changing kind of player. When you can get a premium defensive CF, who can steal 20-40 bases a year, and hit for power, you really have a great player! And for a guy like this to be able to plug into the Reds sometime in the next couple years could be what it takes to really put this team into contention. The pitching will be huge, don’t get me wrong, but he would be an answer to a position that has needed improvement for a long time. Good hitting, strong defensive CF’s do not grow in trees. If he has a strong year this next year, watch out!

    • CP

      Sorry just thought of another good point. If Siri develops, you can place Senzel in a more suitable defensive position for his skills. Senzel can go from being at best an average or so CF with above average offensive skills, to being an above average IF with above average offensive skills. The potential development of Siri would have a cascading impact across the depth chart!